Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The 5th Pillar of Fedora

Recent thread on fedora-devel provoked this blog post.

Fedora's "Freedom, Friends, Features, First" pillars seems to be missing the most important one FUN. (Courtesy of  Pierre-Yves aka pingou )

Hopefully noone would question that the most important thing for a volunteer based project is "to be fun for the contributors". And being fun for contributors means that no contributor can give orders nor to treat another contributor to remove his access or something like this. 
This is the way down. Everyone should do whatever is fun for him and if it's not fun for him/her and doesn't consider something as important he/she is not obligated to do. If someone else consider it's important please stand up and do it and stop thinking that others are slaves having to obey orders.

Most people I know started working on FOSS because of the FUN part. 

To speak personally I haven't started because I want to give someone something for free but because there are people we can share knowledge, work together and have fun doing it.

Every effort to give people orders is ruining the 1st PILLAR of FOSS - FUN.

Please everyone stop trying to do it!!!


Anonymous said...

"Friends" includes FUN and RESPECT. We should not have to explain that.

But I fully agree, the FOSS is working only because we all respect each others. We never get order, we only approve or take actions. That's how it works.
In FOSS, a leader is not someone giving order, it is someone who is able to coordinate, present, and who knows many answers.

Because FOSS is community driven, when actions should be taken (disrespectful, broken commits, or whatever), the void should come from a group, and never from one single human.

Have fun and keep building!

Alexander Kurtakov said...

Sadly, it looks like people forgot about that :(

Yossarian UK said...

Well Fedora 17 is heading in the right direction with 'beefy miracle'